Fighting Piracy

first_img A helicopter from the Japanese Self- Defense Force hovers above a coast guard boat off the coast. The exercise occurred near the Kure Naval Base in Hiroshima during an antipiracy drill in 2009. To continue its fight against piracy, Japan is opening its first overseas base in Djibouti, a small African country strategically located at the southern end of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aden. Expected to be completed by early 2011, the $40 million base strengthens international efforts to curb hijackings and vessel attacks by gangs of gunmen from the lawless regions of Somalia. “We are deploying here to fight piracy and for our self-defense,” said Capt. Keizo Kitagawa of Japan’s Naval Force. “Japan is a maritime nation, and the increase in piracy in the Gulf of Aden through which 20,000 vessels sail every year is worrying.” Kitagawa, who is coordinator of the deployment, explained that 10 percent of the Gulf of Aden’s traffic comes from Japan. Ninety percent of Japanese exports depend on this crucial sea lane that was almost overrun by the marauding pirates two years ago. By Dialogo July 01, 2010last_img read more

Doc Lawson Made Honorary Chairman of County Meet

first_imgNational County Sports Meet chairman Doc Lawson relaxes on his Road Warrior bike after taking the kickoff at the opening match.Doc Lawson, the ex U.S. soccer player, Olympian and a representative of The Last Well, was recently made the Honorary Sports Chairman of the Liberia National County Sports Meet by the Ministry of Youth & Sports.As a result Mr. Lawson, president of DonamiSports, had the honor of kicking the opening ball for the start of the 2018/19 National County Sports Meet.“I got to ride into the stadium and kick off the ceremonial ball,” he said. “I was honored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Liberia to serve as honorary sports chairman of the county meet.”Doc Lawson, attired in beautiful fashion arrived at the venue on his Road Warrior motorcycle and took a VIP parking space with his ‘baby.’The National County Sports Meet comprises teams from the country’s 15 political sub-divisions, competing in various sports including track & field, football, kickball and basketball.DonamiSports is involved in grassroots football development in slum communities across the country. Lawson has held grassroots soccer championship for U-10, U-12, and U-14 in the Cities Challenge Cup. He has also provided over 20,000 pieces of sporting materials and medals for the kids.His role with The Last Well is to supervise the provision of safe drinking water in 15 minutes walking distance to Liberians who are challenged with safe drinking water in the leeward counties. As a result, The Last Well and partners are constructing wells, from which five counties are reported to have benefited so far.The Last Well has also provided a water purification system to over 20,000 residents of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The target of The Last Well is to provide safe drinking water and the Gospel throughout the country by the year 2020 from coast to coast, border to border.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more